The one sentence secret to loving your job.

According to Gallup, 70% of people are disengaged at work. That is crazy, because loving your job is not complicated.

Here’s all it takes:

Find something you love doing so much you’d do it for free and then get so good at it that people pay you for it.

That’s it.

If you do that, you will never dread another Monday again. I promise.

How do you do that? Read this.

10 Comments
  • Nathan Lawson
    Posted at 09:09h, 20 October Reply

    Jon, love your wisdom and humor! However, today’s quote seems to me to be way off. The quote (Find something you love doing so much you’d do it for free and then get so good at it that people pay you for it.) implies there is some job out there so great that it will naturally bring all sense of meaning and purpose needed to keep a person energized and loving their work. As Bonnie Wurzbacher put it, meaning is something you have to bring to work and not derive from work. If a person were to say “Want to know the secret to a great marriage? Just find that perfect person and you’ll never be bored in your marriage again.” Marriages and jobs require a lot more ‘hustle’ (your great phrase) than just alignment. Yes we are happier when we are working in a areas of giftedness, but that is not the only reason people lose passion. No job, no matter how seemingly noble and exciting is so great that it will forever fill our need for purpose and meaning. I’ve talked with people who make movies and specialist surgeons, each thinking that a job in another field would make them happier. Often times (but not always) its an illusion. One of my favorite lines from William Cavanaugh is his explanation of the difference between a materialist culture and consumer culture. He says, “Materialists want to accumulate more. More fame, more stuff, more money. Consumers don’t necessarily want more, then just want something else. A different phone, car, job, house, life. Materialists are overly attached to their stuff, consumers and overly detached from it, willing to discard it at the hope of an upgrade.” Anyway, Your blog is great, book is awesome, and your talk at Orange was one of my favorites! I certainly need more hustle in my life!

    • Bill
      Posted at 20:01h, 28 October Reply

      As I read Jon’s words, I did not read the same thing you did. The focus is not finding just the “perfect” job, it is finding out what drives you, what skills you bring, what you are truly good at and then the job that matches. It’s the focus on YOU that is the difference.

  • Josh Darville
    Posted at 17:34h, 20 October Reply

    This is totally wrong! Read the book so good they can’t ignore you. Become aware that most people become so good at something to having a craftsman mentality and that’s what helps them to develop the passion where they love what they do. That idea follow your passion is terrible advice and in reading the book so good they can’t ignore you I truly believe that passion follows Mastrie were at the very least a high level of excellence.

    • Bill
      Posted at 20:03h, 28 October Reply

      But how do you know which book to read? It has to be the book that suits who you are. Which may not be about passion, as you put it, but about how you are built, what you innate abilities are, what you can do just because you are you. Find that book, and yu are on your way.

  • Jonathan Wong
    Posted at 13:11h, 24 October Reply

    Thumbs up to this advice. But it can be difficult to fully understand and appreciate the meaning. When I first read something similar to this, I thought… Oh, just follow your passion right? Well, my passion was to drive 18-wheeler cross-country, but I’m not built for that sort of life. The thought of being behind the wheel for days on end, if I’m successful at it, isn’t really for me, even though I love driving. Then I realized my “passion” was in the wrong place. It really wasn’t my passion. What I really like is solving problems and figuring things out. Looking back at my career for the past 11 years, figuring things out and solving problems was the catalyst for my career advancements.

    It all started with me doing a website for free for my employer. Ok, I was kind of paid for it, but I was in sales at the time and I was terrible at it. So when I said to my boss at the time I’d spend some of my time programming a website, he agreed. Fast forward 2 years later I got multiple job offers to be a front-end developer, and ended up choosing to work for a marketing firm that became the springboard to where I am today, I’m often called on to find solutions to a problem, and I’m also known for figuring a problem out.

    Funny enough I don’t do front end development anymore… They all report to me. I’ve been thinking about what’s next, and came across your book and think I should begin building my career saving account. I still don’t have an answer to my next do over, if there is one, but I know what my next action is going to be, and for that, I thank you.

    • Bill
      Posted at 20:04h, 28 October Reply

      You are so right, it’s not just about passion. I had a passion to be a professional baseball player, but nothing in my abilities or my makeup equipped me to do that. Passion may be part of it, but that must be linked with the abilities and interest in what it is you want to do. But in essence, it is all about discovering who you really are.

  • Bill
    Posted at 19:58h, 28 October Reply

    Amen to that. In fact, another book stresses the same idea. The book, “Do what you love and the money will follow” comments on a very similar emphasis.

    And to do that you need to know yourself. Not look at others and what they are doing or what they have and want to be like them and do what they do. But look inside yourself to see who and what you are and what you are truly capable of doing.

    I could never be a mechanic. I don’t think that way. I don’t have those skills. I put something back together and there are parts left over. Not good for a mechanic. But I can do other things, and having found those I can find jobs that enable me to practice those and enjoy being me.

    Thanks for the emphasis on our uniqueness Jon, and that as a key to happiness in our jobs.

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